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Are cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli as healthy as you think they are?

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, avoid cruciferous vegetables.

Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips are rich in minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. They have umpteen health benefits and are great for weight loss too. However, like all other vegetables and fruits, you must eat them in moderation. They can be a part of your regular diet but eating cruciferous vegetables daily in all meals may not be as healthy in the long run as you think. Ms. Mita Shukla, Chief Nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Anandapur, Kolkata tells you how eating excess cruciferous vegetables can affect your health:

The cyanogenic glucosides present in cruciferous vegetables block the absorption of iodine. So if you are suffering from hypothyroidism caused due to iodine deficiency, cruciferous vegetables should not be a part of your diet. Less absorption of iodine can affect your metabolism, cause skin and hair issues and may also lead to weight gain. Read: 9 signs your body is screaming for iodine. You can add these sources of iodine to your diet.

Eating too much of cauliflower or broccoli can also cause gas problems. It can lead to bloating as the body takes time to digest the complex carbohydrates present in these vegetables. Did you know you can add cauliflower leaves to your diet too?

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Instead of concentrating on eating only one or a certain type of vegetable, move to a balanced or rounded diet. Included fibre, protein and add other vegetables and meat to your diet to increase your nutrition levels. Cook these vegetables instead of eating them raw. Mixing them with other vegetables is also a good idea to continue their consumption and prevent bloating or thyroid problems. If you already have hypothyroidism or goitre, then cruciferous vegetables must be avoided. You can consult your doctor before adding them to your diet. Here's a list of foods you must avoid if you are suffering from hypothyroidism.

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